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August 6, 2018

Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officers Injured As Suspected Drunk Driver Plows Into Squad Car
A motorist plowed a car into a stopped police car in South Los Angeles Sunday, injuring two patrol officers, and the driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. The officers had stopped their patrol car for a routine traffic stop on Gage Avenue, between Main Street and Broadway, at about 1 a.m., said Officer Jeff Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The patrol car was hit from behind, and shoved into vehicle they were investigating, Lee said. There was no one in it at that moment. The officers were injured, but were not taken to hospitals.

Sheriff's Deputy Struck By Hit-and-Run Driver While On Bike Patrol In Universal City
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was on bicycle patrol early late Friday evening in Universal City when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said. The collision was reported shortly before midnight near the Buca di Beppo restaurant at Universal CityWalk, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff's West Hollywood station. The suspect drove away after the impact. The deputy was transported to a hospital where she was listed in stable condition.

Arizona Trooper Remembered As Young Officer With Promise
Hundreds of law enforcement officers, friends and relatives remembered a rookie Arizona state trooper Friday, not only mourning him but also the seasoned officer he would never become. Some at the funeral for 24-year-old Tyler Edenhofer still seemed in disbelief that his life was cut short last week in a roadside struggle with a suspect along a suburban Phoenix highway. Being a state trooper was his dream job, according to his mother. He had only graduated from the Department of Public Safety academy in May.
Associated Press

Detroit Police: Officer In Critical Condition After Hit-and-Run
A Detroit Police Department officer is in critical condition after he was struck by an SUV that fled the scene early Saturday morning, a Detroit Police Department captain said. Officers from the 8th precinct were responding to a call near West McNichols Road and Stahelin Avenue about 2:40 a.m. After the crowd was cleared out, the officer was returning to his scout car when he was hit from the rear by an SUV travelling at a high rate of speed, according to DPD Captain Darrell Patterson.
Detroit Free Press

CSUN Athlete Arrested On Suspicion Of Multiple Sexual Assaults; Police Urge More Victims To Come Forward
Authorities with California State University, Northridge and Los Angeles police are urging women who may have been victims of sexual assault by a suspect who was recently arrested to come forward. On Friday, the CSUN Police Department and LAPD held a press conference announcing the arrest of 19-year-old Davis Moreno-Jaime, who is suspected of sexually assaulting multiple women. Authorities said the first known case happened in April 2017 and the most recent was reported last month. CSUN police Chief Anne Glavin said Moreno-Jaime is known to the CSUN community and was an athlete on suspension. He was arrested Friday on the campus around 12:30 p.m.

LAPD Releases Body Camera Footage Of OIS In Porter Ranch With Knife-Wielding Man
The LAPD has released body cam footage of an officer-involved shooting two months ago in Porter Ranch. In that incident, police fired a series of bean bag rounds on a man who had a knife. The man approached police — ordered him to drop the knife — and they shot him with live rounds after he refused to yield the weapon. The suspect survived, as did the woman he stabbed — his wife — following a domestic violence situation. CBS2's Joy Benedict reports the incident played out just before 11 p.m. on June 20. A 911 dispatcher got a call from neighbors saying a woman had been stabbed in the gated community.

Stabbing Suspect Who Led Police On South LA Pursuit Identified
A woman arrested after leading police on a slow-speed chase in the South Los Angeles area was being held Friday on suspicion of stabbing a man to death earlier this week, police said. The pursuit began about 11:45 a.m. Thursday near Main Street and 88th Place and ended about a half-hour later near Avalon Boulevard and 43rd Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Tasma Brown, 40, was booked on suspicion of murder, said LAPD Officer Tony Im. She was held on $2 million bail, according to the sheriff's department.

LAPD Is Looking For Woman Missing From Canoga Park
Police on Friday sought the public's help in finding a woman with schizophrenia who went missing in the Canoga Park area. Alejandrina Iraheta-Turcios, 55, was last seen about 9 p.m. Thursday in the 21100 block of Parthenia Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Iraheta-Turcios is Hispanic, 5 feet 4, about 250 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was urged to call detectives at (818) 832-0609, or (877) LAPD-247.
Los Angeles Daily News

Robbery Ringleader Gets 55 Years For $6M California Heists
The leader of a robbery ring that stole $6 million worth of watches from Southern California jewelry stores has been sentenced to 55 years in federal prison. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Keith Walton of Los Angeles was sentenced Friday for what a judge called a series of smash-and-grab robberies that "terrified people and traumatized them for the rest of their lives." Prosecutors say the ring was responsible for at least 14 daytime robberies or attempted robberies in shopping malls over two years. The robbers fled with Rolexes and other high-end watches.
Associated Press

Texas City Seeking Grant To Equip Officers With Body Cams  
A $110,000 grant from Andeavor Corporation, THE Cardwell Foundation and the El Paso Community Foundation would allow the City of El Paso to buy body cameras for the El Paso Police Department. The grant will fund body cameras for the EPPD Crisis Intervention Team Unit and the DWI unit, according to a news release by the grant donors. It will buy between 30 and 35 cameras for both units, City Representative Henry Rivera told ABC-7. ABC-7 spoke with Ron Martin, President of the El Paso Police Association.

Public Safety News

Fallen Firefighter Honored At Fresno Memorial Service Attended By More Than 1,500
The fallen firefighter who died while battling the massive Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest was honored at a memorial service in Fresno attended by more than 1,500 people on Saturday. Family members, firefighters from around the nation, staff from the National Park Service and members of the Arrowhead Hotshots who worked alongside Captain Brian Hughes came to pay their respects. The 33-year-old firefighter was an engaged father-to-be originally from Hilo, Hawai'i with a 15-year career. He was fatally struck by a tree on July 29 while batting the wildfire in an area with many dead trees, just west of Yosemite National Park, according to fire officials.

California Request For Presidential Major Disaster Declaration Approved
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Saturday that the White House had approved the state's request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Shasta County, where the historic Carr Fire continues to burn. According to Governor Brown's office, the request was submitted to the President and approved in the same day. "This is part of a trend – a new normal – that we've got to deal with. We're dealing with it humanly, financially and governmentally," Governor Brown said on Saturday during a media briefing related to the Carr Fire.

Mendocino Complex Climbs To Fourth Largest Wildfire On Record In California; 68 Homes Lost
The Mendocino Complex fire continued to grow at an alarming rate, burning more than 266,000 acres by Sunday morning and becoming the fourth-largest in California history. The massive blaze, the most serious of 17 major brush fires burning in California this weekend, was raging across wilderness on both sides of Clear Lake, forcing more evacuations in rural areas of three Northern California counties. Officials said 9,300 structures are threatened, 68 homes have burned and 12 have been damaged. Officials expect the Mendocino Complex to climb to the third-largest wildfire by Monday morning.
Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

L.A. City Council President, Koreatown Community Agree On Site For Homeless Shelter That Sparked Protests
After more than a month of behind-the-scenes talks, L.A. Council President Herb Wesson and Korean community representatives have agreed on a site on the outskirts of Koreatown to temporarily shelter homeless residents, city officials said Friday. The uproar over placing a shelter in Koreatown — which was announced in early May as the first piece of a citywide initiative — has been watched closely as each council district moves forward on selecting a site for “bridge housing.”

Motion To Ban 3-D Printed Guns Introduced In LA
A Los Angeles city councilman introduced a motion Friday that would make the possession, download or distribution of 3-D printed weaponry blueprint files a misdemeanor in LA in a move that comes after a federal judge earlier this week ruled that it is illegal to post blueprints for the devices online. "With the emergence of technology expanding the accessibility of such weapons, we must craft legislation to counter these emerging threats," Councilman Mitchell Englander said in a Twitter statement.

NoHo West Developers Want LA To Ease Standards So It Can Build Its Billboards
Developers of a project to redevelop what what used to be the longstanding Laurel Plaza site in North Hollywood are asking Los Angeles City planners to allow them to make their proposed billboards more visible, once the site is revamped. San Francisco-based developer Merlone Geier Partners is proposing to install three digital signs at its NoHo West development, two of which would be facing the 170 Freeway, close to the 24-acre site, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard.
Los Angeles Daily News


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